The economic benefits of choosing to implement a virtual infrastructure are well known. According to the PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers) 5th Annual Digital IQ Survey, corporate executives are now presenting IT departments with new challenges. The survey mentions that organizations are now looking to their technology departments to help them secure a competitive advantage in their specific markets. The PwC survey highlights Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) as one of ten top trends in technology that is set to help IT departments satisfy the new goals placed before them.
IaaS provides IT executives with these powerful features:
Although smaller organizations that have limited resources to invest in dedicated security resources are more apt to take the risk, enterprises of all sizes are concerned about potential security weaknesses associated with virtual infrastructure. The growing maturity of IaaS solutions has resulted in an increase in security strategies. Accounting firm Deloitte published in a paper about cloud trends stating “Cloud solutions do not remove responsibility for data security from users as they can add their own layer by using encryption or “depersonalizing” data.” The paper also points out that the strategies available for IT executives to mitigate security risks related to data storage are growing. This level of security enables IT executives to protect the architecture when it is outsourced to an IaaS provider.
IaaS solutions provide network, storage, and network resources that enable organizations to build custom virtual data centers that meet their specific business requirements. Outsourcing these services to an IaaS provider enables IT professionals to focus on essential functions within the organization.
The à la carte feature of IaaS enables organizations to maximize productivity by only utilizing the resources they need. Technical needs in organizations are continually changing. With IaaS, IT executives can monitor their usage and modify their services as needed.
According to studies performed by Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), broad network access is one of the key characteristics of the cloud computing model. This feature refers to users being able to access the infrastructure from any location they choose. This reflects as a value to the organization because IT professionals are able to respond to problems in a timelier manner and prevent costly delays.
An IaaS solution that uses standard hardware across the infrastructure simplifies the IT department’s processes and enables them to focus their work on innovations that benefit the organization.
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